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Summer Harvest Ice Cream

Have a bunch of beautiful Summer fruit you need to use up quick? Make this!

Summer Harvest Ice Cream---the perfect way to make the most of an abundance of beautiful fruit! | #recipeI do this thing in the produce section of the grocery store where I buy everything that looks good. “Everything that looks good” is usually half of everything my store has to offer. This means I have to get creative when trying to use it up before it goes bad (um, like that really long spans of time this Summer where every other recipe was a cherry-something-or-other). Shoving it all into ice cream is certainly one of the most delicious ways I’ve devised!

Actually, I technically did not buy all of this produce at the grocery store.

Summer Harvest Ice Cream---the perfect way to make the most of an abundance of beautiful fruit! | #recipe Summer Harvest Ice Cream---the perfect way to make the most of an abundance of beautiful fruit! | #recipeThe other day, Mikey and I were picking Rook up from doggie daycare (trust me, it’s necessary), when I noticed a few small fruits on the ground of the parking lot. I looked up, and there was a tree with tons and tons of perfect little plums all over it! I grabbed as many as I could fit in my arms and took them home to the fruit basket on my kitchen counter…where they sat with the plums I bought from the store…for an entire week. And then there was the pint of blackberries and the leftover blueberries, both hanging out in the fridge, waiting to be used.

I finally kicked my butt into gear and made a ice cream custard base to stir all of the beautiful produce into. The base is pretty much just my go-to vanilla ice cream recipe, minus the vanilla bean. It’s creamy and rich and the perfect vessel for sweet Summer fruit. Seriously, put whatever you have in there—strawberries, peaches, raspberries, nectarines, cherries…it’ll all work! Fruit + cream is always a winning combo (like this literal representation).

Anyway, this ice cream is like the perfect homage to Summer. Oh! And I feel like I have to urge you to eat it straight after it’s churned. It’s like a wonderful soft-serve full of fruit. Of course it’s still amazing after it hardens up in the freezer, but the fruit can get a bit icy—nothing a few minutes on the counter can’t solve, though!

Summer Harvest Ice Cream---the perfect way to make the most of an abundance of beautiful fruit! | #recipe 

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Summer Harvest Ice Cream

Yield: about 1 and 1/2 quarts


  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%, but using whole will provide a richer and creamier end product)
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mixed fruit, chopped into bite-sized pieces in necessary (I used blueberries, blackberries, and plums)


  1. In a heavy-bottom saucepan (I like to use an enamel Dutch oven), combine the milk, salt, and sugar and bring to a simmer. Stir until the sugar is dissolved
  2. Whisk the egg yolks together in a small bowl. Set up an ice bath by placing a 2-quart bowl inside of a larger bowl that is filled with ice water. Set a mesh strainer over the top of the smaller bowl and pour in the cream.
  3. Temper the yolks by whisking small amounts of the warm milk mixture into the yolks. Add the warmed yolks into the saucepan.
  4. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, being sure to scrape the bottom and sides until the custard thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. When you run your finger down the back of the spoon, the trail left by your finger should stay put.
  5. Strain the custard into the small bowl in your ice bath. Add in the extract and stir over the ice until cool, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Pour the custard into your ice cream maker and churn for about 25 minutes, until thick. Add in the fruit and churn for about 5 more minutes. Serve immediately, or freeze in an airtight container until ready to serve.

recipe adapted from here

Summer Harvest Ice Cream---the perfect way to make the most of an abundance of beautiful fruit! | #recipe


12 Responses to “Summer Harvest Ice Cream”

  1. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven — August 21, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Wow! What an amazing plum find! I would have been ecstatic! 🙂 This ice cream definitely looks like THE way to use up all the going-outta-season summer produce! Love how creamy it looks!

    • Rachael replied: — August 21st, 2014 @ 11:35 am

      I was so happy! Mikey was like, "uh you're collecting fruit from a tree in this random parking lot???" I was like "Um, duh." Haha

  2. Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong — August 21, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Rachael!! This icecream is so summery!! icecream with all those gorgeous summer fruits is just incredible.. 😀

    • Rachael replied: — August 21st, 2014 @ 11:34 am

      Thank you, Arpita! It's hard to beat fruit + cream!

  3. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen — August 21, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Oh thank goodness – there is someone else that buys nearly half of everything in the store! And, if I found a tree with plums all over it, you’ll find me picking those plums right there with you! I found you via Sarah @ Whole & Heavenly Oven. I’m so glad I did! 🙂

    • Rachael replied: — August 21st, 2014 @ 10:05 pm

      Haha yes! I cannot be controlled around fresh produce.
      And welcome to my blog! I can't wait to check yours out!

  4. Katie @ Sweet Society — August 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I always feel so guilty when my fruit is sitting out not eaten… great idea! I think I’m due for some summer harvest ice cream myself:)

    • Rachael replied: — August 22nd, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

      Me too! I HATE when I have to compost a bunch of peaches or a couple pluots all because I bought too many at once. Shoving 'em all in some ice cream seems to alleviate the problem, hah!

  5. Ashley @ ashleymarieskitchen — August 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Yum! This looks like the perfect summer treat. I wish I had a scoop right now 🙂

    • Rachael replied: — August 22nd, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

      Thanks, Ashley!

  6. Amanda - A Cookie Named Desire — August 26, 2014 at 7:02 am

    This sounds great! I might add in a bit of oat crumble for some added texture!

    • Rachael replied: — August 26th, 2014 @ 10:02 am

      That sounds like it would be a perfect addition, Amanda!

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